BA (Hons)

Youth Work and Community Development

Teaching & Learning

Gain the expertise required to become a youth work and community development worker, while meeting the skills and values demanded by the National Youth Agency's Professional Validation and Curriculum Requirements. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Examine how politics impacts on everyday life and seek to gain an understanding of how globalisation affects and shapes political organisation(s) and this effect on young people, families and their communities.
Study the knowledge concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.
Develop your understanding of multiple inequalities and the way that these limit choices and opportunities for individuals, groups and communities. This engages you in contemporary debates that surround social justice, diversity and inequality in a broad inter disciplinary network of health, criminal justice, housing, addiction, and welfare services.
Gain an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.
Understand the foundations for successful employability and to consider how volunteering can provide an environment for learning. You will develop a wide range of personal and professional skills.
Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.
Examine how politics impacts on everyday life and seek to gain an understanding of how globalisation affects and shapes political organisation(s) and this effect on young people, families and their communities.
Study the knowledge concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.
Develop your understanding of multiple inequalities and the way that these limit choices and opportunities for individuals, groups and communities. This engages you in contemporary debates that surround social justice, diversity and inequality in a broad inter disciplinary network of health, criminal justice, housing, addiction, and welfare services.
Gain an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.
Understand the foundations for successful employability and to consider how volunteering can provide an environment for learning. You will develop a wide range of personal and professional skills.
Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

What you'll learn

Study a range of theoretical approaches which inform youth and community work and the historical and ideological debates that influence youth and community work practice.
You will learn the basic approaches of social research, helping you to foster critical thinking and research skills, and examine ethical research considerations and prepare to become a practitioner researchers.
Engage in a minimum of 325 hours assessed professional practice. Taught input will focus on the placement process and introducing students to the knowledge and skills involved in delivering informal education and facilitating learning. Students are required to plan, deliver and evaluate a 'programme of intervention' which is initially 'rehearsed' in the classroom and then delivered to individuals/groups in practice.
Explore the concept of community and examine the ideas, perspectives and approaches of critical thinkers and writers/practitioners. You will study contemporary issues that impact on communities such as Preventing Violent Extremism, Forced migration, Brexit, Poverty and Inequality and Environmental concerns. In a second section, you will investigate in more depth community development ? both as a set of National Occupational Standards and as a distinctive practice that sits alongside youth work. Learn how to facilitate community research, collaborative partnership work and promote community learning that creates meaningful social change.
Study a range of theoretical approaches which inform youth and community work and the historical and ideological debates that influence youth and community work practice.
You will learn the basic approaches of social research, helping you to foster critical thinking and research skills, and examine ethical research considerations and prepare to become a practitioner researchers.
Engage in a minimum of 325 hours assessed professional practice. Taught input will focus on the placement process and introducing students to the knowledge and skills involved in delivering informal education and facilitating learning. Students are required to plan, deliver and evaluate a 'programme of intervention' which is initially 'rehearsed' in the classroom and then delivered to individuals/groups in practice.
Explore the concept of community and examine the ideas, perspectives and approaches of critical thinkers and writers/practitioners. You will study contemporary issues that impact on communities such as Preventing Violent Extremism, Forced migration, Brexit, Poverty and Inequality and Environmental concerns. In a second section, you will investigate in more depth community development ? both as a set of National Occupational Standards and as a distinctive practice that sits alongside youth work. Learn how to facilitate community research, collaborative partnership work and promote community learning that creates meaningful social change.

Option modules may include

Build on your awareness of models and creative approaches used in engaging individuals and groups through drama and creative arts. You will develop creative ways of working around a range of issues.
Enhance your awareness of models and approaches used in health initiatives, with particular focus on the relevance for use in informal education. You will consider health in a global context, but also focus on work in the UK. You will be enabled to develop creative ways of working with people around issues of health.
Develop your critical awareness and promote a better understanding of the socially complex issues practitioners face within community practice. You will have the opportunity to explore key contemporary debates within youth, social care, justice, recovery and family services in an academic, critical and informed manner.
You will develop your awareness of models and approaches used working in the outdoors with young people, with a particular focus on the relevance of outdoor activities for use in a youth work setting.
Build on your awareness of models and creative approaches used in engaging individuals and groups through drama and creative arts. You will develop creative ways of working around a range of issues.
Enhance your awareness of models and approaches used in health initiatives, with particular focus on the relevance for use in informal education. You will consider health in a global context, but also focus on work in the UK. You will be enabled to develop creative ways of working with people around issues of health.
Develop your critical awareness and promote a better understanding of the socially complex issues practitioners face within community practice. You will have the opportunity to explore key contemporary debates within youth, social care, justice, recovery and family services in an academic, critical and informed manner.
You will develop your awareness of models and approaches used working in the outdoors with young people, with a particular focus on the relevance of outdoor activities for use in a youth work setting.

What you'll learn

Undertake a minimum of 325 hours' assessed professional practice. You will critically apply your academic learning and demonstrate a high level of practice informed by the values, ethics, principles and National Occupational Standards of Youth Work, and core standards of Community Development Work.
Build on your understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural issues that impact upon contemporary family life and increase your knowledge of evidence-based practice to promote the well-being of children and young people and support families.
Explore the concept of globalisation and locate global forces within contemporary practice. You will critically explore the impact of globalisation on local practice, with reference to themes such as economics, migration and conflict.
Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to enable you to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you are equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into their own styles, preferences and experiences. The aim is to enable you to be able to make choices about how you work to get the best from yourself and others at work. On completing the module you'll have developed skills and techniques to become effective day to day managers and innovative leaders.
Study an area of practice in depth and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant social, economic and political context impacting on that particular practice. You will utilise skills developed in the Year 2 research module which introduces the basic approaches of social research and helped you foster critical thinking and research skills, informed by an ethical approach consistent with your professional value-base.
Undertake a minimum of 325 hours' assessed professional practice. You will critically apply your academic learning and demonstrate a high level of practice informed by the values, ethics, principles and National Occupational Standards of Youth Work, and core standards of Community Development Work.
Build on your understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural issues that impact upon contemporary family life and increase your knowledge of evidence-based practice to promote the well-being of children and young people and support families.
Explore the concept of globalisation and locate global forces within contemporary practice. You will critically explore the impact of globalisation on local practice, with reference to themes such as economics, migration and conflict.
Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to enable you to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you are equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into their own styles, preferences and experiences. The aim is to enable you to be able to make choices about how you work to get the best from yourself and others at work. On completing the module you'll have developed skills and techniques to become effective day to day managers and innovative leaders.
Study an area of practice in depth and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant social, economic and political context impacting on that particular practice. You will utilise skills developed in the Year 2 research module which introduces the basic approaches of social research and helped you foster critical thinking and research skills, informed by an ethical approach consistent with your professional value-base.